Dear Fellow Green Party members,
Remember the excitement of the Nader/LaDuke 2000 campaign? How about the enthusiasm generated when Matt Gonzalez ran for Mayor of San Francisco as a Green and damned near won?
I am writing to you because I think we have the opportunity to recapture that sense of momentum and optimism for our party by supporting Cheri Honkala for Sheriff of Philadelphia.
Cheri is a long-distance runner for social justice. I have personally known of her work as an activist for years, and was pleased to learn she was turning her activism toward electoral politics. When I learned she was running as a Green, I was thrilled!
Cheri is a formerly homeless mother who worked her way out of poverty. She went on to form the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, and has become a national leader in the fight for economic fairness in this country. She has been profiled in The Nation, Mother Jones named her a “Hell Raiser of the Month and Ms. Magazine awarded her “Woman of the Year” in 2001.
And it’s not just her credentials as an activist that has me so jazzed—it’s her keen sense of strategy, her commitment to movement building, and the multi-racial coalition of organized labor leaders, peace and justice activists, young people, and Greens she is bringing together.
And get this—in Philadelphia the main job of the Sheriff is to serve evictions and foreclosures. Cheri’s campaign message?
EVERYBODY STAYS IN THEIR HOMES!
Sisters and Brothers, this is genius! . . .